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The Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary is a dynamic teaching and research-oriented department with great ideological and intellectual diversity. We are proud to be a department of scholars who have developed the national and international profile necessary to sustain a high quality teaching and research program.


The following Political Science courses will be offered in the upcoming Spring/Summer terms. Click on the term for course descriptions and details. 

Spring 2014   Summer 2014

Poli 283
Poli 321
Poli 359
Poli 435


Poli 343
Poli 369
Poli 381
Poli 439
Poli 465



  • Tim Anderson (PhD Candidate) will be giving a talk titled "Taking Stock of our Chief Founding Father, Sir John A. Macdonald" as the Guest Speaker at an event hosted by the Canadian Club of Calgary, on April 16th, 2014 at The Ranchmen's Club.  

    For more event information click here

  • Brenda O'Neill's 2013 conference paper "The Political and Civic Participation of Canadian Women" has been nominated for the Jill Vicker's Paper Prize. The decision will be announced at the 2014 CPSA Meeting in May.

  • Maureen Hiebert's paper "R2P as National Security Thesis: Atrocity Prevention and the Goldilocks Problem" has been nominated for Best Paper in International Relations at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago, Illinois, April 2-6, 2014.

  • Brenda O'Neill, Elisabeth Gidengil, Catharine Côté and Lisa Young, "Freedom of religion, women's agency and banning the face veil: the role of feminist beliefs in shaping women's opinion" in Ethnic and Racial Studies, published online March 6, 2014, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2014.887744, available at

  • Sarah Jordaan has had a multi-author (lead author Adam Brandt) policy forum published in the journal Science.

    "Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems", Policy Forum Energy and Environment, Science 14 February, 2014: Vol. 343 no. 6172 pp. 733-735,  DOI:10.1126/science.1247045. The paper argues that natural gas (NG) is a potential "bridge fuel" during the transition to a decarbonized energy system: It emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than other fossil fuels and can be used in many industries. However, because of the high global warming potential of methane (CH4, the major component of NG), climate benefits from NG use depend on system leakage rates. Some recent estimates of leakage have challenged the benefits of switching from coal to NG, a large near-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction opportunity. Also, global atmospheric CHconcentrations are on the rise, with the causes still poorly understood.

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